Intersections of Critical Disability Studies and Critical Animal Studies


This special issue builds on an emergent body of scholarship located at the intersection of critical disability studies & critical animal studies, shedding light on ableism and speciesism as interconnecting oppressions, the ways in which animality and disability are mutually constitutive, as well as the tensions and coalitions shared by these two related fields.

We invite papers making theoretical and/or empirical contribution(s) to our understanding of disabled/non-disabled human-nonhuman animal relations, species interaction, and intersectionalities.

Some possible avenues of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

• Representations and assumptions of disabled animals (human and nonhuman)

• Critiques to speciesism in critical disability studies and ableism in critical animal studies

• Shared oppressions of nonhuman animals and disabled animals

• The (often contested or neglected) intrinsic value of nonhuman animals and disabled humans

• Experiences and ethics of companion or service nonhuman animals assisting disabled humans

• How disability rights movements have intersected and/or experienced tensions in conjunction with nonhuman animal rights movements, discourses, and activism

• Questions of vulnerability and inter/intraspecies (inter)dependence

• Issues of agency, equality, and justice toward nonhuman and human animals 

• Examinations of animal and disability ethics and how they intersect

• Right-to-life (or death) policies and practices

• Care work and care relations, bonds, and responsibility

Submissions due: June 1, 2018

Please submit electronically in Microsoft Word format to the special issue's guest co-editors: Alan Santinele Martino ( & Sarah May Lindsay (